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Local Qualifier FAQ 

Your road to the King’s Cup™ starts with a Local Qualifier!

8 teams will represent the USA at the 2019 International King’s Cup™. 

The King’s Cup™ is played in remembrance of golf’s greatest ambassador – Mr. Arnold Palmer

 

How does a team make Team USA and compete in the King’s Cup?

You must first play in a Local Qualifier and finish in the top 30% of the field. By doing so, you will be invited to play in the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier™. Flight winners at the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier will represent Team USA at the King’s Cup against Ireland.

How do I sign up for a Local Qualifier?

You and your partner can enter the United States Golf Challenge by going to REGISTRATION on the USGC™ website.  Choose a Local Qualifier from the Schedule and sign up.

Who can be my partner?

Any amateur with an established USGA® handicap index can play as your partner.  The USGC™ recognizes any valid USGA® index from an approved USGA® handicap provider that is verifiable online. Your team must fit one of the Divisions and Flights listed below.

The USGC recommends Golf Handicap Network for an inexpensive handicap index.

What is the format of a Local Qualifier?

Local Qualifiers are one-day 18-hole tournaments. Two-person teams compete in Best Ball stroke play with Net Scoring.  The top 30% of the field and ties earn invitations to the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier at the Legends Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach, September 12-14, 2019.

As the scoring is Net, there are no flights at the Local Qualifier level, unless there are 30 or more teams entered. However, teams must fit one of the USGC Divisions and Flights below.

Winning teams at a Local Qualifier with at least 15 teams will earn a free entry into the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier compliments of Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  If a Local Qualifier has 30 or more teams, the field will be divided into flights and the winning team in each flight will earn a free entry into the National Qualifier. There will be a new flight added for every 15 teams.

How is the Net scoring computed?

Hole by hole, so as to properly allocate strokes among teammates. The lowest net score will be that team’s score for the hole.  The low 30% of the field and ties will qualify for the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier.

Players will attest to their indexes on their entry form.  The USGC will verify the individual indexes through the state golf association or other online resources.

The USGC recognizes any valid USGA® index from an approved USGA® handicap provider that is verifiable online.

The USGC recommends Golf Handicap Network for an inexpensive handicap index.

The USGC will provide updated indexes for each team 48 hours prior to the event.

What tees are used?

Local Qualifying golf courses for the United States Golf Challenge will naturally vary in difficulty and length.  The Host Professional will make the final decisions regarding golf course set-up at each qualifying site.  It is anticipated that Open Division contestants will play a golf course of approximately 6,400-6,500 yards and Senior Division contestants will play from approximately 6,000-6,200 yards.  Women will play from tees approximating the tees from which their index was established.  These lengths are guidelines only and will vary from site to site.

How will I know how many players will be at my event?

The entries will be available on the USGC website.

How do I find out my tee time?

Contact the golf course for your tee time.

Is there a minimum number of teams to hold a Local Qualifier?

There must be a minimum of eight teams to hold a Local Qualifier.

Who collects the entry fees?

ALL entries must be made online through the USGC website at least 48 hours prior to the event.

What if a team wants to enter after registration has closed?

A team can contact the USGC and, space available, make a late entry online.

Can a team attempt to qualify more than one time?

A team can try to qualify as many times as they want.  Players can enter another Local Qualifier with a different partner if they choose.

What if a team doesn’t want to use a credit card online?

Entry fees must be made by credit card.  A Host Pro can make an online entry for a team and have the team pay the Host Pro directly.

Who collects the green fees?

Green fees are included in the entry fee..

What are the prizes?

Teams are competing for the opportunity to qualify for the USGC Kings’ Cup National Qualifier.  The top 30% plus ties in the field will earn invitations to the USGC Kings’ Cup National Qualifier.

Winning teams at a Local Qualifier with at least 15 teams will earn a free entry into the National Qualifier compliments of Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  If a Local Qualifier has 30 or more teams, the field will be divided into flights and the winning team in each flight will earn a free entry into the USGC Kings’ Cup National Qualifier. There will be a new flight added for every 15 teams.

Host pros can add a prize fund into the green fee if they choose.

What is the philosophy on rules enforcement?

The United States Golf Challenge is strictly conducted under the USGA® Rules of Golf, the USGC Rules and Regulations and the Local Rules Sheet.

The following information refers to how teams will be flighted at the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier. Local Qualifying teams must fit one of the Divisions and Flights below. 

Divisions

There are two age divisions in the USGC.  The Open Division is for teams with a least one player under 55 years of age.  The Senior Division is for teams with both players over 55 at the time of the Local Qualifier. A senior player may compete in the Open Division.

While there is no Women’s Division, women will compete from the same tees from which their index was established.

What are the USGC flights?

Both the Open and Senior Divisions have the same 4 flights based on the Team Index as follows:

Championship – under 5.0

A Flight – 5.0-9.9

B Flight – 10.0-14.9

C Flight – 15.0 and above

How is the Team Index calculated?

The official USGA® handicap indexes of both players are added together and divided by two.  The resulting number is their Team Index and places them within a flight in their age division.  The USGC recognizes any official USGA® index.

●        No team can have a handicap index differential greater than 8, i.e. a player with a 10.0 can play with a player with a 24.0, but in calculating their Team Index the 24.0 must be reduced to a 18.0, making the Team Index 14.0. 

For complete USGC® Rules and Regulations

Visit LOCAL QUALIFIER on the USGC® website